Jean Secor Valentine

New Paltz – Jean Secor Valentine, of New Paltz and formerly of Millerton died at Kingston Hospital on January 19th after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on February 8th, 1960, she was the daughter of Richard and Priscilla Valentine. A graduate of Webutuck Central School, Jean also attended Goucher College and Alfred University. She graduated from Hudson Valley Community College of Mortuary Science and became a licensed funeral director.

Jean’s concern for those in mourning while working at the former Valentine Funeral Home in Millerton and Amenia will be remembered by many. She worked tirelessly with her father in the monument business especially in the completion of the Millerton, Amenia and Sharon, CT veteran’s memorials. Jean also owned and operated the “Village Toggery”, a clothing store in Millerton for several years. She also served the community by active involvement with the Millerton Fire Dept. Rescue Squad and Chairwoman of the Town of North East Planning Board. She will be remembered for her care and respect of the great outdoors and for her love of her Vizsla pet dogs.

Jean is survived by her mother, Priscilla (Claude) Poucher of Jessup, GA and her father Dick (Helen) Valentine of Millerton. She leaves her sister Olivia (Libby) Markonic and her brother Bruce Valentine. Also surviving are her nieces; Claire, Jane and Caroline Markonic and several cousins. She leaves many caring friends who were especially kind during Jean’s illness.

A service of remembrance will be held in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the ASPCA and will be greatly appreciated. To send an online condolence please visit

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